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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #171

Well, it’s happened.

I’ve become a little obsessed with homemade foods.

The thing is, a lot of these foods are waaay easier than you’d think to put together!

On the weekends, I might take an extra hour or two to put together some goodies. And then throughout the week, it’s just a few extra minutes of work here and there.

And it’s saved us an incredible amount of money!


Cheap Christmas Gifts: Inexpensive Ideas For Everyone On Your List

Finding the perfect balance between showing your loved ones how much you care and not breaking the budget is just plain tough.

You want cheap Christmas gift ideas…but you don’t want them to LOOK cheap!

I’ve spent years thinking about ways to make this balance work. And in the meantime, I’ve created a bunch of lists of ideas that will make everyone on your list happy.

(Including you!)

So jump in and find the cheap Christmas gift lists that fit your life.

Quick Bread Recipes You’ll Love For Breakfast, Snack, Dessert, Or Any Time

Quick Bread Recipes You’ll Love For Breakfast, Snack, Dessert, Or Any Time

These quick bread recipes are cheap, easy, and oh so delicious! Make one for breakfast, snacks, desserts, or any time you want.

My family is just a little bit obsessed with quick bread recipes.

Our daughter took quick breads as a project for 4-H, and ever since she has been a bread making machine.

And we don’t even try to stop her.

One reason I love quick breads is because they almost always knock off my list of expectations when it comes to food.

It’s gotta be…

  • quick
  • cheap
  • easy
  • use normal ingredients

Here are some of our absolute favorites.


Easy Apple Bread You’ve Been Craving All Fall

This apple bread recipe is quick and easy. But you’ll love the rich, delicious flavor of this fall favorite.

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Visiting an apple orchard has become a must do every fall.

And it was such a great deal for us, this year! We were able to pick apples for about $1 per pound.

Soooo, I came home with like 70 lbs of apples.


I mean, I had some ideas as to how I would use up 70 lbs of apples. But still! That’s a lot of apples!

Well, one MUST have for us this year was apple bread.

It is so full of flavor! Moist (sorry, but it’s the right word here) and delicious, it just tastes like the perfect fall snack.

Plus, you can throw it together in no time. And what mom can resist that?

Cheap Ways To Wrap Gifts When Your Christmas Budget Is Busted

Cheap Ways To Wrap Gifts When Your Christmas Budget Is Busted

You finally did your Christmas shopping (gold star for you!). Now all you have to do is get it wrapped.

But that stash of wrapping paper you had last year has disappeared. And have you seen the prices of everything in the store?

Besides, who wants to pay money for something that’s destined to be destroyed and added to the trash tomorrow?

Hey, it’s not Scroog-ey to want to save money on gift wrap. Especially if you can find cheap ways to wrap gifts that still look beautiful in the end.

So let’s find some classy ways to wrap gifts when you don’t have wrapping paper on hand.

The Savings Strategies That Are Working In A Bad Economy

The Savings Strategies That Are Working In A Bad Economy

These savings strategies for a bad economy is only two basic rules…but it’s working like magic for our large family!

Over the past year, I’ve started to notice something about our money.

Basically, that thing is that we don’t have any.


The problem is that our whole family has continued to spend money as if the price of everything hasn’t gone through the roof.

And also, lately we seem to have some unavoidable, but very expensive problem, crop up every single month.

You just can’t crank up the music and try to ignore it anymore. The economy is terrible. The cost of everything has doubled. And your paycheck hasn’t.

So what can we do about it?

Well, I have stumbled across something that is working really well. And it’s a lot simpler than you’d think.

7 Things To Skip This Christmas: No Regrets!

7 Things To Skip This Christmas: No Regrets!

Every time a doctor walked into my room, I would say, “Hi, I’m going home tomorrow!”

Our fourth child had been born very early that morning.  And while we could hardly contain our excitement over having a daughter (!), we also had three young sons at home.

And tomorrow was Christmas Eve.

The biggest day of the year, especially for the 5 and under set!

That crazy year had proven that our boys could do without a lot of the Christmas traditions we had found so important.

But the one thing they couldn’t do without was having mom and dad home to celebrate the big day.

We learned so much from having a simple Christmas that year.

And you wouldn’t believe how much you can love the season when you skip those things you always feel obligated to do.

So let’s talk about how to celebrate a Christmas you won’t regret!